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• TODDLER HURT IN FALL FROM WINDOW OF FREMONT HOME: FREMONT (AP) - An 11-month-old girl is hospitalized after authorities say she fell out of a third-story window at a Fremont home.

November 08, 2012 | | State


Bay Area news briefs

• Berkeley's proposed sitting ban defeated: BERKELEY (AP) - Voters in a California city known for free speech and tolerance have narrowly struck down a measure that would have banned sitting and lying on streets and sidewalks.

November 08, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

MOTIVE UNCLEAR IN SHOOTING AT CHICKEN PLANT: FRESNO (AP) - The ex-convict who shot a handful of his co-workers execution-style at a California chicken-processing plant, killing two, kept to himself but was a model employee, according to his boss and neighbors.

November 07, 2012 | | State


Voters reject pot dispensaries, growers

Voters reject pot dispensaries, growers

November 07, 2012 | | State


With win, Brown takes next step in pledge

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California Gov. Jerry Brown took a big step toward delivering on a campaign promise he made two years ago to fix the state's perpetual budget deficits and to raise taxes to do it only if voters agreed.

November 07, 2012 | | State


Voters split: Keep death penalty but pare back Three Strikes offenses

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California voters appeared to be of two minds on criminal justice issues put to them on this year's ballot.

November 07, 2012 | | State


Guadalupe voters nix changing city name

GUADALUPE (AP) - Residents of Guadalupe have rejected a measure that would have changed the city's name to Guadalupe Beach, although the place is actually five miles from the Pacific Ocean.

November 07, 2012 | | State


Unions make statement in defeat of Prop. 32

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November 07, 2012 | | State


Initiative results

Voters approved five of the 11 statewide ballot propositions in Tuesday's election. The voting breakdown:

November 07, 2012 | | State


Democrats gain supermajority in California Senate for passing taxes

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Democrats gained a two-thirds majority in the California Senate following Tuesday's election, bringing them close to the ability to pass tax increases without the need for Republican votes.

November 07, 2012 | | State


Schools to start rebuilding with new funds

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California State University will start cutting checks to students to refund a tuition increase now that voters have approved new tax measures to fund public education.

November 07, 2012 | | State


Santa Cruz wins free-speech case over Nazi salute

SANTA CRUZ. (AP) - A federal jury has determined that the rights of a critic of the Santa Cruz City Council were not violated when he was ejected from a city council meeting for giving a Nazi salute.

November 07, 2012 | | State


Bay Area briefs

Berkeley's proposed sitting ban defeated

November 07, 2012 | | State


State news briefs

DEFENDANT STABS LAWYER IN TULARE COUNTY COURTROOM: VISALIA (AP) - Tulare County authorities say a murder suspect stabbed his attorney in the face in the county's second courtroom attack in one week.

November 06, 2012 | | State


Palo Alto boy returns to school after DNA flap

PALO ALTO . (AP) - A California sixth-grader was allowed to return to his middle school after his family convinced district officials they didn't need to worry about his genes.

November 06, 2012 | | State


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Articles by Section - State


Apple loses bid to block sales of 9 Samsung phones

SAN JOSE . (AP) - A federal judge has rejected Apple's attempt to block the sale of several older Samsung smartphones that copied features in the iPhone.

August 27, 2014 | | State


Court rules against FedEx in labor case

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal court has ruled that FedEx Corp. improperly classified about 2,300 drivers in California as independent contractors instead of employees.

August 27, 2014 | | State


Free yourself from cycle of emotional investing

If you've been investing for a while, you know the financial markets go through "up" and "down" cycles. And you may respond to these normal market cycles by going through emotional cycles. But this can lead to problems.

August 27, 2014 | | State


Boy hurt in quake: ‘I should be dead’

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Thirteen-year-old Nicholas Dillon's screams could be heard throughout his pitch black house when the earth shook and the falling bricks hit him. His mother, who later called it the worst night of her life, couldn't get to him.

August 26, 2014 | | State


Quake major test for hard-luck Vallejo

VALLEJO (AP) - The historic blue-collar town of Vallejo is a short distance but a far cry from the touristy Napa Valley vineyards and quaint towns. So when Sunday's earthquake struck, the damage to the wine industry took center stage and the rubble in Vallejo got scant attention.

August 26, 2014 | | State


Mexican president praises California policies

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto praised Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers Tuesday for approving a series of immigrant-friendly laws, saying California is taking a lead role in the absence of national immigration reform.

August 26, 2014 | | State


US eager to cater to Chinese

COSTA MESA (AP) - On a hot summer day, nearly two dozen Chinese tourists descended from a white shuttle bus for an afternoon of shopping at one of Southern California's signature upscale malls.

August 26, 2014 | | State


UC Berkeley cuts off waterfall access

GEORGETOWN (AP) - The University of California, Berkeley has shut down public access to four waterfalls east of Sacramento, saying people were leaving trash and not following rules about alcohol, dogs and firearms.

August 26, 2014 | | State


Burning Man crews stuck at Wal-Mart

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Ah, Burning Man, the annual weeklong rave that draws thousands of free-thinkers to a remote spot in the Nevada desert. It's a festival so remote and bizarre that the only limit to free expression is imagination ... and that dust that always gets into the electronics.

August 26, 2014 | | State


Fresno mayor touts independence in bid

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, who is regarded as the Republican Party's best hope for winning a statewide office in November, introduced herself on Tuesday as an outsider who would bring fiscal independence as California's state controller.

August 26, 2014 | | State


Group files petition to idle PG&E nuke plant

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An environmental group asked federal regulators Tuesday to idle California's last operating nuclear plant to review whether its reactors can withstand strong shaking from nearby earthquake faults.

August 26, 2014 | | State


Bright-colored air gun bill passes

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The state Assembly has approved legislation that would require imitation airsoft guns to be sold in transparent or bright colors to avoid deadly mix-ups with police officers.

August 26, 2014 | | State


Court: California wait period doesn’t apply to gun owners

SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal judge has overturned part of a California law requiring a 10-day waiting period for gun buyers, ruling that it does not apply to those who already own firearms.

August 25, 2014 | | State


Assembly rejects statewide plastic bag ban proposal

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The Assembly on Monday rejected legislation that would make California the first state to impose a ban on single-use plastic bags, but the bill could be heard again later this week.

August 25, 2014 | | State


Hearings planned after call to close Diablo Canyons

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A senior federal nuclear expert is urging regulators to shut down California's last operating nuclear plant until they can determine whether the facility's twin reactors can withstand powerful shaking from any one of several nearby earthquake faults.

August 25, 2014 | | State


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